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Straying from the discipline…

This morning, the Vancouver Sun published an op-ed that I helped write. The piece is on the state of public education in British Columbia – clearly not my specific expertise. It is, however, my Dad’s professional domain, and he was the co-author. My role was primarily to haggle with him to help make his points clearer & to stop him from saying anything too extreme about social science and the move towards test-based standards in evaluating schools/teachers. Given my background as a quantitatively-oriented social scientist, we often have a fruitful dialogue regarding the merits of such testing and research. It was interesting to think about a different topic for a little bit & I enjoyed collaborating on something that people might actually read!

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